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Vortisand Helps NOLO’s District Energy Center Clean Up Its Water

Karen Henry

Enwave’s District Energy Center in New Orleans provides more than 33,000 tons of chilled water and air conditioning to more than 12 million square feet of commercial property that encompasses 15 square city blocks, including the New Orleans Regional Medical Center. After Hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans in 2005, all of Enwave’s cooling water systems   …Continue Reading

Canadian Condominium Complex to Plug into City’s District Energy System

Karen Henry

An 18-story condominium complex slated for construction in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, will be the first residential building to hook up to the Galt District Energy System, according to an article in the Guelph Mercury. Plugging into the shared energy network will eliminate the need for the River Mill Condominium complex to install a furnace, boiler,   …Continue Reading

UK Looks to Rivers for Heat Pump Energy

Linda Hardesty

A map published by the UK government finds that there are around 40 urban rivers and estuaries in Britain that could provide large-scale renewable heating supplies to local communities through water source heat pumps, instead of traditional gas-fired or electric heating. Water source heat pumps operate by taking heat from the water and feeding it   …Continue Reading

Slovakian City Uses Waste-to-Energy System for Heating

Linda Hardesty

ElectraTherm commissioned 10 Green Machine 4400s for the city of Levice, Slovakia in June 2014. ElectraTherm’s Czech distributor, GB Consulting, facilitated the deployment of organic rankine cycle (ORC) systems on a centralized district heating system in Slovakia as a means of increasing on-site efficiency and generating clean energy. To date, the site has accumulated over   …Continue Reading

New Technologies, Fuels Enhance Viability of $10B District Heating Market

Karen Henry

Traditionally, buildings are fueled by petroleum, natural gas, electricity and coal, but an opportunity exists to decouple the energy source from the building, through district heating (DH) networks. According to a report from Lux Research titled “Heating for the Future: Identifying Global Hotspots for District Energy,” DH can deliver cost gains of up to 74   …Continue Reading

Grants Available for Energy Resiliency

William Opalka

Massachusetts has created the Community Clean Energy Resiliency Initiative, a $40 million grant program intended to help ensure energy resiliency at critical facilities . State funding will be made available to cities and towns that identify the facilities in their community where loss of electrical service would result in disruption of critical public safety functions,   …Continue Reading

$80M Geothermal Energy Plant Serves Ball State University

Linda Hardesty

Ball State University in Indiana is retiring its four coal-fired boilers after almost 70 years of use and replacing them with a district closed geothermal energy system. The $80 million geothermal project – consisting of 3,600 boreholes – will heat and cool 47 buildings on campus. The changeover takes the school from consuming about 36,000   …Continue Reading

Canadian Solar Opens Microgrid Testing Center

Linda Hardesty

Guelph, Ontario is making a name for itself as a microgrid and district energy center. Last week, Canadian Solar opened the Canadian Solar Microgrid Testing Centre, which will focus on micro-grid testing and design as well as smart grid assessment services. The testing facility, partially funded by the Ontario Ministry of Energy, will be located   …Continue Reading

Veolia, Wheelabrator Extend Steam Supply Agreement

Linda Hardesty

Veolia Energy North America has extended its 28-year partnership with Wheelabrator Technologies, a renewable waste-to-energy company with operations in Baltimore since 1985. The steam generated by renewable energy at Wheelabrator’s Baltimore facility supplies nearly 50 percent of the steam Veolia delivers through its central Baltimore district energy system. Wheelabrator converts post-recycled everyday household waste from   …Continue Reading

Canadian Town Builds District Energy Network

Linda Hardesty

A new high-efficiency heating and cooling system in the Sleeman Centre in downtown Guelph, Ontario, is the first step toward building a city-wide district energy network. Guelph has announced a plan for an interconnected thermal grid to serve industrial, commercial and residential buildings across the city. The first of many planned district energy facilities began operating   …Continue Reading

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